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Bitcoin’s two-block chainsplit coincides with temporary block production halt

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Bitcoin faced a unique event as a two-block chainsplit occurred while the network also experienced a brief pause in block production.

Bitcoin's two-block chainsplit coincides with temporary block production halt

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  • Bitcoin experiences a rare two-block chainsplit with Antpool and Foundry.
  • Despite a temporary pause in block production and a recent price drop, market sentiment remains primarily bullish.

Bitcoin experienced a unique event recently, as it encountered a two-block chainsplit, a phenomenon that rarely occurs. Interestingly, on 8 May, there was a temporary halt in block production on the network.


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The Bitcoin two-block chainsplit

7 May marked a significant event for the Bitcoin network, reminiscent of a similar incident in 2020. It was a two-block chainsplit, a noteworthy occurrence where two distinct blocks are mined and appended to the blockchain almost simultaneously.

Consequently, two competing branches or chains emerge. This phenomenon can arise due to factors like network latency and the distribution of mining power. Considering the recent strain on the network, this development shouldn’t be a complete surprise.

When a two-block chainsplit occurs, the Bitcoin network finds itself with two separate chains, each containing an equal number of blocks temporarily.

However, as miners continue their work and create new blocks, one of the chains will be extended more rapidly, ultimately becoming longer than the other.

The network deems the longer chain valid and accepts it, while the shorter chain is rejected and discarded as an orphaned or stale chain.

Based on data from Bitmex research, the chainsplit involved Antpool and Foundry. Eventually, it was determined that the block from Antpool emerged as a valid block in the Bitcoin network.

Bitcoin witnesses a brief pause in block production

8 May proved eventful for the Bitcoin network as it experienced a temporary interruption in block production, as reported by WuBlockchain.

According to data from BTC.com, block production had two significant pauses that day. The first pause occurred after reaching block height 788,759, lasting approximately an hour before the subsequent block was mined.

The second pause occurred after block height 788,777, lasting around 49 minutes. However, it is important to note that the network had returned to its regular block production rhythm, at the time of writing.

Bitcoin block production

Source: BTC.com


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Bullish sentiment dominates

Bitcoin has been experiencing a series of downward trends in the past few days, leading to its price dropping to the $27,000 range, at the time of writing.

Surprisingly, data provided by Coinglass indicates that most investors were placing their bets on a price increase. According to Coinglass, the funding rate for BTC was positive across most exchanges, suggesting a prevailing optimistic sentiment among traders.

While there were a few negative funding rates, the overall market sentiment remained bullish.

Bitcoin funding rate

Source: Coinglass

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Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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